Book Review: The Story Of Tracy Beaker

The Story Of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

‘I’m Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I’d read it if I were you. It’s the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest.’

Tracy is ten years old. She lives in a Children’s Home but would like a real home one day, with a real family. Meet Tracy, follow her story and share her hopes for the future in this beautifully observed, touching and often very funny tale, all told in Tracy’s own words.

I grew up with Tracy Beaker. I loved the book, the tv show, everything. So of course, it is about time that I pulled it out to read with Lottie.

Tracy is a story teller. She is a ten year old girl in foster care, and writing her own story about her life at the children’s home. She exaggerates a lot, and is not always the most honest narrator, but there is something sweet about her all the same.

Tracy is spunky, naughty, cheeky, and very outspoken. All things that make her a very entertaining character to read about. She meets Cam, a writer who is supposed to be writing an article about children in foster care, and they are able to bond over a shared interest.

At the same time, she talks about her previous foster families, as well as her mum. Tracy fantasizes and makes up stories to explain the reasons her mother hasn’t been in touch, hasn’t visited, and can’t take care of Tracy herself. And while some of those reasons can seem a little far-fetched at times, it isn’t entirely unrealistic to imagine that a ten year old might believe some of those things.

Tracy’s narration is entertaining and quirky, and the way she describes the adults and other children are pretty funny at times. Lottie is 7 and she laughed a lot, and I did enjoy reading the book again. I hadn’t picked it up in a very long time, so it was nice to revisit it.

Have you read The Story Of Tracy Beaker?

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